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    I'm sure the adrenaline would help. My trouble...

    I'm sure the adrenaline would help. My trouble would be getting to sleep afterwards. I'd keep imagining approaching torches and pitchforks.
  2. Thread: Capo?

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    In the main this is right, often it is wrong:...

    In the main this is right, often it is wrong: many chord shapes are easiest to form when the wrist is swiveled toward the headstock. In the G shapes pictured above, the "right" way is actually...
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    What?? A dominant 7th isn't a jazz substitution...

    What?? A dominant 7th isn't a jazz substitution chord: it's one of the most basic and commonly used chords, regardless of genre, and in fact, 7th chords are the ones most commonly replaced in chord...
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    For figuring out chord substitutions, I didn't...

    For figuring out chord substitutions, I didn't find the Lagrimas book very worthwhile. It may plug some holes in your musical knowledge, but it's only really 80 pages of content, with excessive...
  5. Thread: campanella

    by ubulele
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    My experience is exactly opposite. I much prefer...

    My experience is exactly opposite. I much prefer playing campanella on tenors and baritones because I have fewer problems with shifts than with scrunched fingerings. I can play much more cleanly on...
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    It wasn't constructive criticism. Don't forget,...

    It wasn't constructive criticism. Don't forget, we read your other posts, too—same kind of thing.
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    Shows us what to think of your opinions.

    Shows us what to think of your opinions.
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    The Kamoa grand concerts have a 16" scale neck.

    The Kamoa grand concerts have a 16" scale neck.
  9. Thread: 1.5 inch neck.

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    A lot. I was surprised to find that both my...

    A lot. I was surprised to find that both my KoAloha and my Islander and Lanikai wide-nut tenors have string spacing in the standard width range (27mm, 28mm and 28mm, respectively). Some other of my...
  10. Thread: 1.5 inch neck.

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    Yes, it would, and according to sample...

    Yes, it would, and according to sample measurements on my ukes, it's not even true that the fretboard edge margin with respect to the outer strings remains parallel, constant; rather, in every case...
  11. Thread: 1.5 inch neck.

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    As I noted above, nut width doesn't necessarily...

    As I noted above, nut width doesn't necessarily correlate well to string spacing—and the spacing isn't consistent even over models from the same maker. There is as much variation in string spacing...
  12. Thread: 1.5 inch neck.

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    If you want a high-quality laminate but with a...

    If you want a high-quality laminate but with a standard nut, consider a KoAloha KoAlana; it'll probably beat anything else you can find in a similar price range.

    On my Islander concert, the...
  13. Thread: 1.5 inch neck.

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    I also strongly prefer wider necks. For me it...

    I also strongly prefer wider necks. For me it definitely makes it easier to fret a number of chords as well as to fingerpick more cleanly. Nowadays, I'm loth to buy a uke with a standard nut. I...
  14. No. It's just the nature of strings in general...

    No. It's just the nature of strings in general (and particularly non-metallic strings) that they take days to settle well when there's been a significant change in the pitch (like a whole step...
  15. Thread: Movable Chords

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    On guitar, string are mostly muted of...

    On guitar, string are mostly muted of necessity—it's not common to mute when it's not a necessity, when the strings can be appropriately stopped by the barre or a finger above the barre instead,...
  16. If you don't want to go full strap, try a uke...

    If you don't want to go full strap, try a uke thong.
    www.ebay.com/itm/UKULELE-STRAP-UKE-THONG-4-COLORS-BUY-3-GET-4-/322629729781
    Once I got one, playing the uke got so much easier, particularly...
  17. Thread: Movable Chords

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    You know, I play in the keys of F and Bb often,...

    You know, I play in the keys of F and Bb often, and the difficulty of playing in them is grossly exaggerated. This kind of misinformation is not helpful; it only scares people into staying in a very...
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    He's using "damping" in the sense of muting (the...

    He's using "damping" in the sense of muting (the dampers on a piano stop the strings from sounding) rather than mere volume reduction. If you have a movable chord, all you have to do to mute the...
  19. Thread: Movable Chords

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    Right, the same-name zigzag; I use this pattern a...

    Right, the same-name zigzag; I use this pattern a lot.

    When you tune a uke to itself by ear, you typically use unison and octave relationships between the strings, something like this:
    1/0 (nut)...
  20. Thread: Movable Chords

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    Basically, a movable shape is one in which all...

    Basically, a movable shape is one in which all the strings are stopped by your fingers. If you move that shape up or down the fretboard, you get a chord of the same chord type, but of a different...
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    I find both solutions useful: I keep some tenors...

    I find both solutions useful: I keep some tenors in Bb tuning (both reentrant and linear), the rest in C (among other tunings I use with different sizes of ukes). To play in Bb, Eb or F, I can...
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    Right, one aspect doesn't preclude the other. ...

    Right, one aspect doesn't preclude the other. After all theory just describes in a precise, more easily understood and articulated form what we mostly already understand on an intuitive level. The...
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    In my experience, the most common 9th voicings...

    In my experience, the most common 9th voicings are the ones which omit the root. These are the shapes I'd teach first: they sound good and generally are easiest to form.

    These same shapes (on...
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    In ABC format, if you include the chord name in...

    In ABC format, if you include the chord name in double quotes before the note, that name will appear above the staff. It's not a perfect system: you have to code in a somewhat different way to put...
  25. Thread: Tension?

    by ubulele
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    Most sets, yes, or those folks couldn't do it. ...

    Most sets, yes, or those folks couldn't do it. It's only a scale difference of two inches. How much do you normally have to clip off of the strings? Probably more than that.
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